Wow! The last 14 hours has truly been a bizarre experience for me.
First of all, I've gotten tons of emails, comments, and messages. Even with my busy day, I promise I'll get to all of them ASAP! I've been occasionally checking out the discussion online as things unfold.
I have used DeTeCt intermittently for most of the six years I've been doing planetary imaging, but it became a normal part of my routine this summer. It analyzed my data while tearing down the equipment the past two imaging nights. Safe to say now that doing so was a great decision.
I think this is a great time to urge those who don't use DeTeCt to start using it now, because you never know when these happen! In fact, I think it would be a great idea to recommend it to newcomers when they raise the question of software. Just know that if it finds something, you might not be able to fall sleep all night!
There is one part of this experience makes this all extra bizarre to me. While setting up the C8 last night, I was running a hypothetical scenario in my head about presenting planetary imaging as scientific to an audience. While I'm not one for presenting, I find it fun to occasionally think about. One of the topics that came to mind was Jupiter impacts, and to catch it happening no more than ten minutes later seems unreal to me.
I'll admit, I'm glad I didn't see it happen while outside. I don't think I could've completed the first RGB set. I was spending much of the time looking for Perseid meteors.